The Open University in Scotland has active partnerships with 15 Scottish colleges, allowing students with a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) to get the appropriate credit transfer onto our Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (Open) degrees, with or without honours. Pathways and credit transfer arrangements can also enable students with relevant Higher National Qualifications to progress to specified OU named degrees. Further information is on our College Routes website.
Our collaborations with colleges also include:
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This can be advantageous due to location, for those with caring responsibilities or in employment, and students with disabilities.
Social Sciences partnerships with Ayrshire, Fife and North East Scotland Colleges are creating positive impacts for students, tutors and colleges; an interim review in 2016 showed they are an effective model for HN progression to Higher Education.
Minister for Further and Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville visited Ayrshire College in January 2017, meeting partnership students, graduates and staff. She said:
Rebecca Brown achieved a 2:1 honours degree in Combined Social Sciences from The OU, delivered in partnership with Ayrshire College.
OU 'Learning Space'
OU in Scotland Director Susan Stewart with Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further and Higher Education and Science (pictured above)
"The resources were very useful and easy to navigate within the site. The class registered and were given time to explore the open learning resources, they are aware of the learning log and have all enrolled onto a course relating to care or core skills."
Open Learning Champions at college
Teaching staff at South Lanarkshire College (pictured) are our first college-based Open Learning Champions (OLCs).
They applied this approach to an eight week Faculty of Care 'Gateway to Social Care' course for adult returners, out of work and education for some time.
At an OLC workshop staff explored useful resources, including badged OpenLearn courses like Succeed with Learning, resources relevant to the social care curriculum, plus core skills such as communication.
Students could use open educational resources as evidence of notional hours of study, and reflection activities included in their portfolios, such as a Caring Counts course.
The college OLCs have since introduced the students to OpenLearn.
Pictured (left) are Opening Learning Champions Agnes Sutherland, Rhona Keys and Rachel Ballard.
The latest edition of the Open Learning Champions Newsletter is available online.
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This was an opportunity for the colleges, the Scottish Funding Council, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership and The OU in Scotland to reflect on current activity, and explore new creative ways to engage learners.
- For information on how your college can work with us, contact our Learning Development Team.
- For more details about the Open Learning Champions programme, contact Gill Ryan, Learning Partnerships Officer.